Rob Aitken | Leech Lake Financial Services

“The NCN Annual Policy & Capacity Building Summit has grown into a necessity for any Native CDFI.  This summit provides information, tools, and networking vital for the sustainability and growth for Native CDFIs of all sizes.  The 2023 Summit was the best one yet.  Every speaker, every topic, directly provided knowledge and experience to cultivate growth for any Native CDFI.  This annual NCN summit is now a must-attend requirement for any Native CDFI practitioners seeking to serve their target markets effectively.”

Joel Smith | Native American Bank

“The Native CDFI Network always does a great job of highlighting topics most important and relevant to Native CDFIs, and the Policy and Capacity Building Summit was no exception.  The Summit’s speakers were a great mix of industry advocates, experts, and government officials.  This is the best event I have been to for meaningful consultation with government officials in a targeted setting to address priorities of Native CDFIs.”

Sean Winters | Chi Ishobak, Inc.

“The 2022 NCN Annual Policy and Capacity Building Summit was an enormous success. NCN continues to gain substantial traction within numerous governmental, financial, and philanthropic organizations with the direction aimed to assist the Native CDFI industry. It is very exciting to see what has transpired over the past year but more importantly, what lies ahead in FY2023. NCN’s leadership has created a brand and has positioned the organization for visibility allowing the Native CDFI industry’s voice to be heard.”

Robin Puanani Danner | SCHHA

“The 2022 Annual Policy & Capacity Building Summit was in a word, extraordinary. Native CDFIs across the country, in every region of Indian Country, engaged directly with high level federal and private sector officials. There is nothing more impactful in policy making and policy advocacy, in building new and improved futures for our communities, than direct engagement.  NCN is vital in this space!”

Andy Gordon | Clearinghouse CDFI

“NCN’s 2022 Annual Policy and Capacity Building Summit was, in a word, inspiring.  For sure, the titles of the national policy speakers and practitioner panelists were impressive.  But, even more importantly, the content of most all of the presentations and discussions proved to be rich with powerful content that was both motivating and actionable.  I feel honored to have listened and shared experiences at this unique gathering in the U.S. Capitol.  It is a humbling privilege for me and Clearinghouse CDFI to work with so many remarkable individuals and policy makers dedicated to building on the unique strengths of Native CDFIs and their fair, just and important impact on the financial, educational, health, environmental and cultural well‑being of our communities and our country.”

Cindy Logsdon | Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

“The NCN Policy and Capacity Building Summit was an awe-inspiring event. With the array of speakers that spoke to the most pressing issues of the NCDFI industry and demonstrated a real ear for the issues and concerns we collectively are facing. The momentum that has been gained by NCN in leading change is seen and felt. Seize the day, NCDFIs!”

Rjay Brunkow | Indian Land Capital Company

“The NCN Annual Policy and Capacity Building Summit is a can’t-miss event for Native CDFIs. Each session was packed with spot-on topics, expert presenters, policy makers and information I found invaluable. This event is critical for Native CDFIs and those who do business with them.  The NCN Summit was an amazing three days!”